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 Post subject: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:42 am 
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At a bath house. There's a women-only spa here that I would love to check out, but bathing suits are optional and discouraged. It holds a very small capacity, and I would love to check out the sauna and hot tub, but don't want others to be subjected to my fat rolls and most unbecoming physique. I'm trying to tell myself to just suck it up and go for the relaxation, but the thought of others seeing me nude totally interferes with my relaxation vibe. Am I just entirely too prudish?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:26 am 
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suck it up! if people already in there are comfortable enough in their own skin to be there, they aren't going to care what you look like.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:52 am 
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Oh yeah, do it! I've been plenty of times to public baths and spas (it's a big thing in Asia). I even went to a mixed gender one in the Netherlands. I personally "feel" naked and a little uncomfortable when walking from the lockers to the first bath, and then totally forget about it! Over here it's customary to carry a small towel around, typically to wrap around your hair while you're in a tub or to wipe the sweat from your face and keep the bathwater clean, and many women hold it loosely in front of their body while walking from bath to bath (although others don't bother).

There's definitely no reason to feel like you're inconveniencing others with your physique - people come to bathe, not to look at you. Besides, there will probably be plenty more people different from the media beauty standard - women of all sizes, women who've given birth, older women...

Now I actually find going to the baths really cool. I think it's great to keep a place in society where you can see real people of all ages and have realistic expectations about body image. And I love the idea of feeling comfortable naked around your friends or family in an appropriate context.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:41 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:45 am 
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Oh yeah, do it! I've been plenty of times to public baths and spas (it's a big thing in Asia). I even went to a mixed gender one in the Netherlands. I personally "feel" naked and a little uncomfortable when walking from the lockers to the first bath, and then totally forget about it! Over here it's customary to carry a small towel around, typically to wrap around your hair while you're in a tub or to wipe the sweat from your face and keep the bathwater clean, and many women hold it loosely in front of their body while walking from bath to bath (although others don't bother).

There's definitely no reason to feel like you're inconveniencing others with your physique - people come to bathe, not to look at you. Besides, there will probably be plenty more people different from the media beauty standard - women of all sizes, women who've given birth, older women...

Now I actually find going to the baths really cool. I think it's great to keep a place in society where you can see real people of all ages and have realistic expectations about body image. And I love the idea of feeling comfortable naked around your friends or family in an appropriate context.


I second what aelle says. I've loved my experiences at public baths - in Europe and in Morocco.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:50 am 
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For me, hell no. I think for other people though, I'd say go for it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:19 am 
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I had no issue at the baths I've been to. It was nice and relaxing and I really don't remember what anyone else looked like and I doubt they were paying any attention to me. It definitely was a mix of shapes and sizes.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:38 am 
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I regularly go to the Korean spas here and they are nude. Nobody looks at you. One or two may have glanced in my direction, but I think it was because of my tattoos.

It's actually super liberating once you get used to the feeling (only takes about 10 minutes to forget about it). I highly reccomend you do it!


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I would probably wear a bottom because I think I could get over my tits hanging out in a women's spa pretty fast, but not my labia.

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If you think you can get past the nakedness I bet it'd be awesome, me, I have to psyche myself up just to deal with wearing a swimming costume infront of people!

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I've never been to a bath, but I did attend a Spencer Tunick shoot, which was awesome. And you got quite comfortable with the naked once you realized everyone else was too and we all had so many different bodies.

But the plus of a spa is that it won't be a chilly outside 6am when you are naked.

Though I'm with MBM about the labia hanging...I'd probably wanna sit on the towel in a steam room or something. Maybe its just a weird issue but I just can't easily get over sitting on stuff naked.

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mrsbadmouth wrote:
I would probably wear a bottom because I think I could get over my tits hanging out in a women's spa pretty fast, but not my labia.


I agree with this, I think I could start to feel comfortable with having my boobs out but I think I could never get over having my bottom half exposed.


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 Post subject: Re: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:26 pm 
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In the context of a bath or spa, then yes I'd do it. Why not.


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 Post subject: Re: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
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I don't even like being nude by myself.

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 Post subject: Re: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:08 pm 
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There's a hippy-type clothing optional spa/sauna here in Portland that I go to regularly. I'm actually more comfortable naked around strangers than I am around people I know. I went with a friend once, and it was kind of weird. I was nervous the first time I went, but everyone else there is nude and no one is really looking at you. I am death fat fat and I figure if anyone is offended by that they can avert their eyes. I'm not there for their enjoyment, I'm there for my own. I think it's a good thing to be naked in that type of setting. It can be a really good exercise in getting comfortable with your own body.

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 Post subject: Re: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
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Me, personally, no, but I can't even undress in front of boyfriends.

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 Post subject: Re: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:14 pm 
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No. I would be comfortable pantsless (aka in my undies and a shirt) in front of others, but not nude.

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 Post subject: Re: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:15 pm 
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I do it all the time, same sex and coed. At the spas and saunas and hot springs I've been to, nobody cares about nudity and there's no seedy vibe or anything. It's just skin.

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 Post subject: Re: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
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I went to some onsens in Japan. They were really peaceful, but maybe I'm a prude...I was never all that comfortable. Especially when my friend was screamed at in Japanese because her hair was in the water (we didn't know at that point that it was inappropriate not to have your hair tied up, and that particular onsen was in a rural town where no one spoke a word of English). I imagine with practice I'd get over it.


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 Post subject: Re: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
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When I went to the onsen in Japan for the first time, I was a little bit uncomfortable, if not only because my host mom was telling me about the general rules of the onsen...while standing in front of me, naked. After a while though, it wasn't so bad. I mostly did what aelle suggested (covering my front loosely with a hand towel.)

Honestly, though, it seems like no one really cares if you're naked. Everyone's naked. They're there to relax, take a soak, not to shamelessly ogle you.

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I went to a public bath in Japan. I'm not really a nudity fan, but it was nice (the spa - I ended up feeling pretty neutral on the nudity)! It was a little weird at first, but I got used to it pretty fast. I say do it! You also just reminded me I've been thinking of hitting a similar spa in SF's Japantown...

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I would do it. I could see being uncomfortable at first, but I'd get over it I'm sure.

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I can't even take my coat off in public.

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 Post subject: Re: Would you be comfortable nude amongst strangers?
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i joined a gym a few months ago where of course there are communal showers/locker rooms. there are a lot of nude women hanging around in there...which i don't mind. but i have issues being bottom-less. topless is no big deal for me, but for some reason i can't bring myself to shower in the curtain-less showers. i'm not sure what my deal is, because i'm pretty comfy with my body.

i got unreasonably irritated the other day because i went to shower and all the curtain-less showers were free, but all of the curtained ones were full, but none of the curtains were closed. if you're cool with no curtain...why not use the open showers? there's no difference between them, except for the curtain.

anyway, i'm trying to get to the point where i'm comfy being nude showering around other people. it hasn't happened yet. i think i just really like being alone in the shower, it has nothing to do with the nudity, because once i get back to my locker, i have no problem dropping my towel.

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